Ian Corder

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Sir Ian Corder

Rear Adm. Ian Corder, deputy commander, Joint Task Force BALTOPS, meets with U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Joseph Cabell.jpg
Corder (right) in 2010
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Assumed office
14 March 2016
PremierJonathan Le Tocq
Gavin St Pier
Preceded byPeter Walker
Personal details
Born (1960-08-06) 6 August 1960 (age 58)
Nuneaton, England
Alma materPeterhouse, Cambridge
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceRoyal Navy
Years of service1978–2016
RankVice Admiral
CommandsHMS Cumberland
HMS Splendid
HMS Oracle
Battles/warsOperation Ellamy
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Vice Admiral Sir Ian Fergus Corder, KBE, CB (born 6 August 1960) is a retired senior Royal Navy officer who served as UK Military Representative to NATO. In 2016, he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.

Naval career[edit]

Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush

Educated at Rugby School and Peterhouse, Cambridge, Corder joined the Royal Navy in 1978.[1] He commanded the submarine HMS Oracle, then the submarine HMS Splendid and finally the frigate HMS Cumberland.[1] He went on to become Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord, Deputy Director of the unit at the Ministry of Defence responsible for policy regarding NATO, the European Union and the United Nations and then Chief of the Strategic Systems Executive.[1] After that he became Director of Naval Personnel Strategy and then Deputy Commander Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO before becoming Commander Operations and Rear Admiral, Submarines in March 2011 and in that capacity he was the UK's Maritime Commander for operations over Libya (Operation Ellamy) in Spring 2011.[2] He attended the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April 2011.[3] He went on to be UK Military Representative to NATO in May 2013.[4]

Corder retired from the Royal Navy on 1 July 2016.[5]

Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey[edit]

Ian Corder (middle) attending the Queen's birthday parade 2016 in St. Peter Port, Guernsey

In March 2016 Corder was announced as the next Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey, to assume the post by May.[6]

He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours.[7]


  1. ^ a b c EU Biography
  2. ^ "Libya update". UK Government. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  3. ^ Royal Wedding List BBC, April 2011
  4. ^ Senior Tri-Service and Ministry of Defence Appointments Archived 17 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "No. 61677". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 August 2016. p. 17572.
  6. ^ "New Lt-Governor is a career Navy man". Guernsey Press. 16 February 2016.
  7. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B5.
Military offices
Preceded by
Mark Anderson
Commander Operations
Succeeded by
Matthew Parr
Preceded by
Sir Christopher Harper
UK Military Representative to NATO
Succeeded by
Sir George Norton
Government offices
Preceded by
Peter Walker
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
2016 –